‘The second worst prime minister ever’: readers on May’s confidence vote

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels CREDIT: AP

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels CREDIT: AP

‘The best thing for her to do would be to call a referendum that requires a 60% plurality to pass’

The best thing for May to do would be to call a referendum that requires a 60% plurality to pass. If neither side can convince a good majority to support it then it would leave things as they are. This kind of huge wrenching change shouldn’t be based on 51%+. The original referendum that took the UK into the EU required 60% to succeed. 

‘She is still the second worst prime minister ever’

Around 160 Tory MPs are on the government pay roll which indicates that just 40 backbench Tories voted for the second worst prime minister (Cameron still holds the record as worst for me) ever. Hardly a ringing endorsement. However, the fact that hardcore Brexit supporters can only attract less than 20% of MP support in parliament should allow cross-party cooperation especially with a PM who doesn’t require to worry about election again. The problem with that is the fact that both May and Corbyn remain utterly inept but it’s possible that this moves the likelihood of another referendum closer.

‘She’s afraid of putting things in front of citizens’

Sixty-three per cent of the ruling party is actually only 30% of parliament. She’s meant to be commanding a majority if she’s PM. Unlike a Labour leadership contest, where it goes out to the membership to decide, the Tories keep it within closed circles in a Tweedist way of maintaining class power. She’s afraid of putting things in front of citizens because she must know deep down that what she claims as the will of the people is only the will of certain tabloids at best. 

‘As it is, I can’t see a way out’

Her bizarre decision to call an election last year looks more understandable now, although it obviously went badly wrong. She presumably knew there were about 25 unappeasable backbenchers that would be nothing but trouble with a small majority. If she had any talent as a leader, they should have been decimated and this would have all gone through without a fuss with a 100+ majority. As it is, I can’t see a way out. Even a general election and Labour majority with the current leadership would end in a stalemate with no option acceptable to a majority in the house. A second referendum is the only option I can see with remain, May’s deal, and a managed WTO agreement as the options, voted in order of preference.

‘Tory hard Brexiteers are not really interested in democracy at all’

Absolutely disgracefulthat Jacob Rees-Mogg and other hard Brexiteers who insist that 52% of 72% of the electorate (so less than the electorate in total) must be obeyed at all costs yet are demanding their own way after only 37% of Tory MPs voted against Theresa May in this no confidence vote. They’ve confirmed themselves to be what most of us knew they were all along: a bunch of lying, self-serving charlatans who aren’t really interested in democracy at all.

‘If May’s vote fails she should withdraw article 50’

Unless the second vote comes back at something like 70-30 either way, we’re in the same position as we’re in now. The only way, is for May to bring her, much improved, ‘deal’ to the Commons, and have the vote. If it fails, withdraw article 50, make a statement to the country, along the lines of: ‘We tried in good faith, blah, blah, blah, but have been unable to deliver on our mandate, etc.’ Then call a general election. If a party wishes to campaign to leave, and they secure enough votes, then let them try.
I would suggest the main parties would produce a remain manifesto. Many of the 52% would probably accept the fact that it wasn’t going to happen. The remainder will carry on dribbling into their beer, in Wetherspoons, for all eternity. Job done.

‘I have no sympathy for her’

I honestly want someone to slap the personality back into her. The MayBot annoyed me so much yesterday. Two speeches, virtually identical. No changes: blame Labour; mention listening to colleagues; take no ownership; ignore errors; look strong and stable; power walk back into the temporary home, and try not to show stab wounds in the back. I have no sympathy for her, despite the levels of self sabotage by her fellow Tories. Cameron and her drew these red lines and guess what they STILL won’t pass, two plus years on. Anyway they still don’t care about us, it’s about winning the next election, which means they want her head on a stick as they worry they’ll be blamed for this and guess what? The Tories did it all. I’m no fan of Corbyn but this really is a Tory power grab and they can’t even agree on how to fuck us all over.

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